The Magic of Miracles

Forewarning: this one’s about God and miracles and the divine. It’s kind of personal. If it’s not for you, no worries. But since it’s about my interpretation of these quotes, I’ll continue…

This week’s quote comes from G.K. Chesterton and is as follows:

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

G.K. Chesterton

Perhaps it’s because I have committed to Bible in a Year with Father Mike Schmitz on the Hallow app and am moving along with it in awe, but whoa, there’s a lot to take in. It’s completely enlightening. I’m glad I’ve made this commitment. My children went to Catholic school in their elementary years, and looking back on it now, I realize I missed the boat to dive in and learn along with them. I did not go to Catholic school when I was a child, only religious CCD classes, as they called it back then. My knowledge of the New Testament is pretty good; I’m completely lacking in Old Testament wisdom. And Holy Moly, there’s so much to learn from it that we can apply to today’s insane world. You would think we might have learned from the mistakes of our ancestors.

Combine the practice of Bible in a Year, in addition to attending a bible study group, plus the added bonus of watching The Chosen, and I’m getting a whole new perspective on faith. It took me long enough to realize what I needed most in life, but I finally made it here.

But here’s the thing: my eyes are now open more than they ever have been, and I think that’s pretty miraculous in itself. Not miraculous in the sense of Jesus giving sight to a blind man, making manna fall from the sky, raising Lazarus from the dead, or healing sick people left and right. Those were incredible miracles…and when I watch The Chosen and see the actors bring those moments to life in the show, it’s incredibly moving and powerful. The miracles have me in tears.

You probably have experienced your own little miracles in your lives as well: the birth of your children, finding your spouse, falling in love, leaving behind a bad relationship, being able to help others when they need it. I mean the fact that the sun rises and sets each day is miraculous in itself. Truthfully, have you ever REALLY thought about how beautiful the world can be when we’re not yelling and screaming at each other on social media over stupid, idiotic stuff? When you see a glorious rainbow or watch people’s kindness toward one another?

On second thought, maybe these small miracles are as mind-boggling as the ones Jesus performed while on earth. Maybe, even now, He has made some of us “see.”

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